Differin Daily Refreshing Cleanser


Daily Refreshing Cleanser

6.00 fl. oz. for $ 9.15
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Differin’s Daily Refreshing Cleanser isn’t necessarily a bad face wash – it’s just one that makes enough missteps to lands it squarely in “why bother?” territory.

Housed in an opaque bottle with a pump dispenser, this gel transforms into a lightweight foam once it contacts water. It does a good job removing surface dirt and oil while rinsing cleanly, without leaving skin feeling stripped.

While the cleanser itself is good enough, it’s hard to get past its smell. It’s a strong, perfume-like scent, and it lingers even after rinsing. Though the source of this (listed on the bottle as “masking fragrance”) is the very last ingredient included, it’s still potent enough that it’s an issue for skin and eyes. Fragrance, even in a rinse-off product, poses a risk for skin irritation, to say nothing of the offense to your nose! It’s better to pick another selection from our list of best cleansers.

Note: Like some of Differin’s other products, this formula is nearly identical to a cleanser from sister-brand, Cetaphil, but Differin’s scent is much stronger, so it earns a lower rating.

  • Does a good job removing dirt and oil.
  • Rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling stripped.
  • Has a very strong fragrance that lingers.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Differin® Daily Refreshing Cleanser removes surface oil and dirt to leave skin feeling fresh and clean, balanced and perfectly primed for Differin Gel. This soothing, low-lather formula is clinically proven to gently cleanse to remove surface oil and dirt that can clog pores, without leaving skin feeling tight or overly dry.

Water, Glycerin, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Acrylates/Steareth-20 Methacrylate Copolymer, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Panthenol, Masking Fragrance.

As a brand, Differins come a long way in just a few short years. Originally Differin was the brand-name of the prescription retinoid adapalene, but in addition to the original adapalene-containing Differin Gel, they now offer a growing number of products available over the counter with a focus on treating and preventing acne.

The biggest change for Differin came in 2016, when, after two decades of being prescribed by doctors for acne, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the original Differin Gel for use over-the-counter. The move marked the first new drug approved for OTC acne treatment since the 1980s!

With the formula essentially unchanged since its introduction, Differin Gel remains a good alternative for those with stubborn acne that hasnt responded to more traditional treatments. To supplement their star product, Galderma, the parent company behind Differin, now offers additional products, such as a cleanser and a few moisturizers, each designed for breakout-prone skin. Overall, theyre relatively stripped-down formulas and dont offer much in the way of cutting-edge ingredients, but they are fragrance-free and gentle on acne-prone skin for the most part.

For more information about Differin, visit https://www.differin.com or call 1-866-735-4137.

Note: Because Differin is a pharmaceutical company, the original Differin Gel formula was tested on animals. However, the brand has stated in an email that their other non-drug skin care products are not tested on animals. As such, this brand's animal-testing status is a sort of grey area for consumers and we've decided to err on the side of caution and keep them on our list of brands that do test on animals, with this caveat, so each individual can make this very personal decision for themselves.

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